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Is El Nino finally fading away in April?

By Northern News Now meteorologist Dave Anderson

The popular weather almanacs have been predicting the end of El Nino for months now, but The Child keeps popping back with warmer than normal temperatures. This despite the persistent insistence on a cool down coming. Well, in April, it may finally come true. Just after the first day of official spring, the weather pattern shifted back towards winter.

For April, the long-range forecasters this time around are saying the Upper Midwest will average one degree cooler than nor­mal. Precipitation should be near normal. If it comes as rain, that’ll be two inches. If it comes as snow like it finally did in late March, it could be twenty inches.

April 1 to 3 should be snowy and cold. April 4 to 6 should be cool with a shot of rain and snow mixes. The 7th to 12th should be sunny and warm. April 13th to 18th should be warm enough for a round of thunderstorms. April 19th to 30th could be cooler and fairly showery.

Gorgeous weather is always in the eye of the beholder, so the upcoming spring and summer may or may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Now that El Nino may have finally broken, normal conditions should be here through late summer. After that, La Nina, the opposite effect of El Nino will come. That could make for a cold and snowy win­ter next year. Stay tuned for updates!

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